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A Dust Collection Journey #1: My introduction to woodworking

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Blog entry by AZWoody posted 12-06-2015 10:50 PM 771 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I first got into woodworking, I had just purchased my first house and bought a used fish tank I wanted to refinish. As I was working on it, I bought one tool, which turned into 2 tools, which turned into 3, and so on and so on.

Eventually I was doing more in my garage and although it was cramped and not the best place to work, I continued to continue with my expensive addiction.

Then I started to think what i could do to make things work a little better in there. Workflow, cleanup, etc.
The first thing I tried to do was make a small downdraft box for sanding. I went to Lowes, bought a small shop-vac and made a small 2’x2’ box with a pegboard top and hooked a hose to it and it was ready to go.

Well, didn’t work very well. Turned out, the vacuum I had was just too small to be effective and so out in the trash it went. There wasn’t much of a point of using it if dust was still getting everywhere. Why not just open up the garage and let the natural breeze just whisp the dust away?

After a while, I started to notice I would get a sore throat after working in there, like I had a cold and started to realize it was the dust from the woodworking that was causing it. Eventually, other things in life came up and I wasn’t at my house very much. I was working out of the country for a couple years and so the woodworking sort of tailed off.

Coming back to the house, I started to tackle some projects and this time, no side effects to the woodworking.
I guess my body had some time to recover and I was back to doing some home remodeling projects. So far so good until the time came, I had to move away and move to a new state, new house and luckily, a new (larger than garage) shop.



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